Madison County Obituaries...

JUNE 4, 2003


Doris P. Coker
Mrs. Doris Geneva Powell Coker, 82, of Watkinsville, died Monday, June 2, 2003.
A native of Morgan County, Mrs. Coker was a daughter of the late Grady and Viola Fitzpatrick Powell.
She was a homemaker and a retired seamstress. Mrs. Coker was a member of Mars Hill Baptist Church, Watkinsville.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, at Mars Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Jones officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery, Athens. Greg Kellar, Jeff Kellar, Travis Whitehead, Tom Stephenson and Alan Campbell served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Coker is survived by her husband, Carl S. Coker, Watkinsville; four daughters, Joyce Hardigree, Faye Kellar and Alice Combs, all of Watkinsville, and Peggy Whitehead, Hull; one brother, Wallace Powell, Bogart; one sister, Syble Gillen, Watkinsville; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 4, 2003

Tommy L. Bruce
Tommy Lee Bruce, 78, of Lexington, died Wednesday, May 28, 2003.
A longtime resident of Madison County, Mr. Bruce was a son of the late John T. and Ruby Fowler Bruce.
He retired from the Department of Transportation and was a member of Comer Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 31, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, with the Revs. Richard Pickelsimer and Mike Ellison officiating. Burial was in Athens Memory Gardens. Frankie Puckett, Albert Kyle, Edward Callahan, Derek Haynes, James Gaige and Lawrence Edward Grizzle served as pallbearers. Joe Patton was honorary pallbearer.
Mr. Bruce is survived by his wife, Billie Bruce, Lexington; daughter, Barbara Ann Bruce Parker, Lexington; sons, Ricky Lee Bruce and Kevin Lewis Bruce, both of Lexington; sister, Mary Haynie, Statham; and nine grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 4, 2003

Ella K. Redfern
Mrs. Ella Kay Bryant Allen Redfern, 79, of Athens, died Wednesday, May 28, 2003.
A native of Hart County, Mrs. Redfern was the daughter of the late John Elva and Della Seigler Bryant.
She was a member of Northside Baptist Church. Mrs. Redfern was preceded in death by her first husband, Fred Allen, and her second husband, Harry Redfern.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Friday, May 30, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, Bogart, with the Rev. J.L. Griffith officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Glenda Allen Fancher and Bill Fancher, Lilburn; sons and daughters-in-law, Harold and Annette Allen, Hull, Darrell and Martha Allen, Athens, and Glenn and Sandra Allen, Cave Springs; brother, Raymond Bryant, Dewy Rose; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 4, 2003

Cecil Smith
Cecil Smith, 75, of Athens, died Monday, June 2, 2003.
A native of Comer, Mr. Smith was the last surviving child of the late Ezra Belton and Bessie Coker Smith.
He was the owner of Masters Garage in Athens for 42 years and was an avid fisherman, being a Chartered Member of the Winterville Bass Club. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by a grandson, JAC Cranford Jr.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery with the Revs. Ronnie Healan and Ross Johns officiating.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Mary B. Smith, Athens; children, Lacy and Gary Smith, both of Athens, Jeff Smith, Bogart, Marcie Jackson, Penny Daniel and Susan Cranford, all of Colbert, Missy Cobb, Elberton, and Ginger Austin, Jefferson; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 4, 2003

Cecil L. Bellamy
Cecil Lord Bellamy, 82, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, May 28, 2003.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Bellamy had resided in Jackson County all of his life. He was the son of the late Claude and Ruby Bellamy.
Mr. Bellamy served in the U.S. Army during World War II and retired from E.R. Healan Auto Parts in 2000. He was a member of Attica Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 30, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, Bogart, with the Rev. Bill Carpenter and Drs. Ronnie Healan and Larry Elliott officiating. Burial was in the Attica Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Bellamy is survived by his wife, Clara Mae Bellamy; daughters and sons-in-law, Marie and Pete Dills, Jefferson, and Shirley and Leon Daniel, South Jackson; two grandsons, Chad Daniel and Jeff Daniel, both of South Jackson; two great-granddaughters, Breanna Daniel, Gray, and Ashley Daniel, South Jackson; and three sisters, Rudene Hicks, Crawford, Betty Capes, Carlton, and Dorothy Parham, Crawford.
Memorials may be made to West End Baptist Church, 890 Boulevard, Athens, GA 30601.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 4, 2003

Gail McCoy
Mrs. Gail McCoy, 54, of Commerce, died Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at her residence of an extended illness.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. McCoy was a daughter of Lillie Parson Mize and the late E.B. Mize.
She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 29, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Ralph O. Smith and Phil Parks officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. McCoy is survived by her husband, David McCoy, of the home; three brothers, James Thomas Mize, Hoschton, and Ty and Ricky Mize, both of Commerce; one sister, Willie Lou Stoyle, Danielsville; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Fred and Ruth McCoy, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 4, 2003

Ethel L. King
Mrs. Ethel Louise Watkins King, 93, of Commerce, died Wednesday, May 28, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Born January 25, 1910, in Clarke County, Mrs. King was the daughter of the late George and Mamie Etta Aaron Watkins.
She retired from Harmony Grove Mills and was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church. Mrs. King was preceded in death by her husband, James Clarence “Red” King, and a son, Harry King.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with Pastor Stuart Lang and the Rev. David Harbin officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include a son, Jack King, Danielsville; a daughter, Martha Landers, Commerce; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 4, 2003

Louise W. Baker
Mrs. Louise W. Baker, 73, of Statham, died Friday, May 30, 2003.
Born in Madison County, Mrs. Baker was the daughter of the late John Nelson Wood and Lassie Lowe Wood and the step-daughter of Celo Wood, Crawford.
She was a member of Bogart First Baptist Church and a member of the Bogart High School Alumni Association. Mrs. Baker was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Baker.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Monday, June 2, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Bill Ruff and Danny Fuller officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors, in addition to her step-mother, include sons, Donald and Bobby Baker, both of Statham; daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Donnie Jacks, Statham; grandchild, Ross Jacks, Statham; and brother, Edwin Wood, Conyers.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 4, 2003

Blinkey Spears
Charles Wayne “Blinkey” Spears, 47, of Royston, died Thursday, May 29, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Spears was born in Franklin County on May 29, 1956, a son of Maxie Roach Spears and the late Charles Morris Spears.
He worked as a truck driver and was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, where he served as a greeter and as vice president of the Narrow Way Riders Christian Motorcycle Ministry.
Mr. Spears was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Charlie Reed and Adger Lea Spears, and his maternal grandparents, Knox C. and English J. Roach.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 1, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Chris Pritchett and Rick Gibson officiating. Burial was in the Cross Roads Baptist Church Cemetery, Carnesville. Tim Moore, Carter Kennedy, Morris Phillips, Larry Franks, Bobby Holcombe and John Todd served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Jeff Freeman, Reggie Vaughn, David Pulliam and Steve Vaughn. These men made a big difference in Mr. Spears’ life, it was stated.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Spears is survived by two sons, Charles Ryan Spears, of the home, and Casey Shawn Spears, Morristown, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Tyler, Brooke and Lauren Spears, Morristown, Tenn.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Randy and Beth Spears, Royston, and Terry and Rachel Geter, Orlando, Fla.; sister, Chara Lea Spears Yurkobich, Columbus, Ohio; best friend, Susan Brooks, Royston; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorials may be made to the Ryan Spears Trust Fund, c/o Pinnacle Bank, P.O. Box 617, Royston, GA 30662, or to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, in Honor of the Narrow Way Riders Motorcycle Ministry, 2537 Pleasant Grove Road, Bowman, GA 30624.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 4, 2003

Lena B. Peterman
Mrs. Lena Beatrice Peterman, 79, of Athens, died Saturday, May 31, 2003.
A native of Elkins, W.Va., Mrs. Peterman was a daughter of the late Nelson and Julia Thompson Chewning.
She was a retired sewing machine operator and a member of Westend Baptist Church.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 2, in Evergreen Memorial Park with the Rev. Mitchell Elder officiating.
Mrs. Peterman is survived by her husband, Aubrey Peterman; three daughters, Elaine Cammack, Athens, Kathy Haynie, Watkinsville, and Crystal Alewine, Ila; one son, Nelson Chewning, Inwood, W.Va.; one sister, Gen Bundrick, Cannon; two half-sisters, Susie Whitehead, Atlanta, and Regnia Chewning, Mabie, W.Va.; one brother, Leroy Chewning, Elkins W.Va.; one half-brother, Junior Cutwright, Ohio; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 4, 2003

Francis A. Jordan
Francis Allen Jordan, 76, of Danielsville, died Tuesday, May 27, 2003.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Jordan was a son of the late James P. and Mary Lou Cheek Jordan.
He was a painter and was retired from the military. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 30, in the Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Albert Vaughn officiating. Mr. Jordan’s nephews served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a son, Wayne Jordan, Florida; sister, Berma Sue Smith, Colbert; brother, Haywood Jordan, Florida; two grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 4, 2003

Luther H. Webb
Luther Harold Webb, 78, of Elberton, died Friday, May 30, 2003.
A native of Cobb County, Mr. Webb was a son of the late Luther Harrison Webb and Leana Loudermilk Webb.
A U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II, Mr. Webb was a retired supervisor with Lease Way Transportation.
No services are scheduled at this time.
Mr. Webb is survived by his wife, Florence Webb, Marietta; three daughters, Robin Bingham, Hull, Carol Webb, Athens, and Debbie Williams, Guyton; one sister, Joan Price, Washington; two brothers, Alton Webb, Marietta, and Ronald Webb, Decatur; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Berry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 4, 2003


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